Personal declaration as
appears in the booklet of the 2007 hooding celebration of the School of
Personal Declarations for Graduation
Student: Dae Ryeong Kim
Mentor: Charles E. Van Engen
Date: May 25, 2007
Dissertation Title: IMPLICATIONS OF THE
EVANGELICAL EPISTEMOLOGY OF KARL BARTH AND LESSLIE NEWBIGIN FOR
PREACHING IN A POSTMODERN WORLD
This dissertation is an innovative study of two seminal thinkers of the past two generations—Karl Barth and Lesslie Newbigin—who were keenly aware and wrestled with the collapse of historical Christendom. Barth developed a theological method that he used in criticizing modern liberal theology in relation to modern culture with great depth of insight.
This study demonstrates Karl Barth and Lesslie Newbigin’s contributions to evangelical epistemology and missiological homiletics. Because both evangelical epistemology and missiological homiletics are new fields in mission theology, this theoretical demonstration is a unique contribution relating the Gospel proclamation to the present modern/postmodern reality in the West from a hermeneutical, cultural, and homiletical standpoint.
significance of Barth and Newbigin’s evangelical epistemology for the
gospel affirmation in the context of modernity and postmodernity, the
study makes a contribution to homiletics from both epistemological and
missiological perspective. By integrating the findings with mission
communication theories, the study presents a theory toward developing
missiological homiletics to postmodernity.
Words of Appreciation:
I give my special appreciation to my mentor Charles Van Engen for inspiring me to conduct this innovative study. I am very thankful to Dr. Wilbert R. Shenk for giving me his seasoned feedbacks and suggestions. I am also greatly indebted to Dr. Paul Pierson for my historical research, especially in the area of history and theology of revival movements.
I would like to extend my special
appreciations to Dr. Eddie Gibbs for his precedent works relevant to my
topic. I also acknowledge my holistic approach to the encounter between
epistemology and homiletics and communication theory is greatly indebted
to Dr. Charles H. Kraft, to Dr. Sherwood G. Lingenfilter, and to Dr.
I have been trained to integrate writing, preaching, and teaching for my future plans. Accordingly, my future plan consists in three stages of project. Upon graduation I will be a part of writing ministry for engaging in missionary dialogue with unbelieving world. My second project is to develop an online ministry model for effectively empowering Korean preachers and missionaries. Then, as a writer and preacher I will move on to be a part of teaching ministry in the field of my specialization as outlined in my dissertation.